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The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It has been rigorously tested to ensure it offers the best possible protection for you, your family and community. It's important than you get all recommended doses for your circumstances.

You can find the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website, including:

  • who is eligible for vaccination and how many doses they should have
  • safety and effectiveness
  • side effects

Getting your vaccine

In Gateshead, the vaccine is being offered at GP practices as well as GP-led vaccine centres at:

  • Blaydon
  • Birtley
  • Felling
  • Bensham

Many local pharmacies also offer vaccine appointments and Gateshead Council is working with NENC Newcastle Gateshead to run pop up clinics within our communities.  

How to get your vaccine

You can make your appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week. Alternatively, you can check for a drop-in clinic near you.

People aged 12-15 are also being offered vaccinations through school programmes.

After your vaccine

It can take 2-3 weeks for the vaccine to take effect and although it should stop you from becoming seriously ill, it may not stop you from passing the virus on to others. You should continue to be cautious and if you feel unwell, stay at home. 

To access your vaccination record, also known as the NHS Covid Pass, go to the NHS website.

    Questions and concerns

    It's ok to have questions about the vaccine. Find reliable answers at

    These resources may also address any concerns you may have:

    Covid-19 vaccine: easy-read guides (

    Public Health England: Vaccine explainer videos (YouTube)


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